Historic Preservation

The Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Planning & Zoning supports the Board of Architectural Review through the application of the local historic district regulations, provides technical preservation and architectural assistance to property owners, promotes historic preservation initiatives throughout the city, and conducts ongoing community outreach to the public.

Page updated on Jan 6, 2022 at 1:19 PM


Design Guidelines & Policies

The Design Guidelines were developed for the Old & Historic Alexandria and Parker-Gray Districts to Gothic Lancetprovide information and assistance to applicants in understanding the processes of the Boards of Architectural Review. These should be utilized as tools to assist in developing a design approach. The policies listed below outline the criteria and standards for administrative approval of select architectural features, including signs.

Applications & Instructions athenaeum 

Dockets, Webcasts, and Staff Reports

historicsurveyHistoric Resource Survey of Old and Historic Alexandria District

The Department of Planning and Zoning's Historic Preservation Division has been working on surveying the Old and Historic District with the National Park Service and several state historic preservation offices. Please click here for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities

The historic preservation division regularly trains and works with volunteers who are interested in contributing to the preservation of Alexandria's historic resources. If you are interested in a volunteer position please contact us. 

Helpful Links  


Contact Preservation staff at preservation@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.3833  

  • William Conkey, Historic Preservation Architect
  • Susan Hellman, Principal Planner 
  • Stephanie Sample, Urban Planner
  • Amirah Lane, Urban Planner
  • Marina Novaes, Urban Planner